As the academic semester winds down for most of us, the scholarly news is still raging on. There’s a lot to report on this week, ranging from calls for manuscripts and papers to a number of library fellowship reminders and some very interesting postdoc opportunities.
CALLS FOR MANUSCRIPTS
The quarterly magazine alt.theatre is currently accepting both proposals and completed pieces for a special issue on ‘(Dis)ability, Diversity and Performance’ planned for spring 2014. The deadline to submit work for this issue has recently been extended to 20 December 2013. Read more here.
A few weeks back, The Scrivener mentioned a ‘media event’ called Out of Sequence that’s going to be hosted by Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies. The idea is to collect creative responses (e.g. a poem, a brief essay, or a visual piece) for each of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets. It looks like the deadline has recently been extended to 15 February 2014. More information is available here, and, as of 6 December, the following sonnets have been claimed: 1-3, 5, 6-9, 11-16, 18-20, 22-23, 26-30, 35-36, 40, 43, 50, 52, 54-57, 60-62, 64-66, 71, 73, 75-76, 80, 88, 90-91, 93-94, 101, 103, 106, 110, 116, 122, 126, 129-130, 134-138, 143, 145-147, and 153.
Theatre History Studies is issuing an open call for papers for its 2015 annual edition. Essays will be considered on a wide variety of topics related to performance and theatre studies. Plan to submit your work by 1 February 2014, and read more here.
Theatre Topics has announced a general call for scholarly essays on pedagogy, dramaturgy, and/or theatrical practice. Read more about submitting work here.
14 February 2014 is the deadline to submit completed pieces for a special issue of Theatre Journal dedicated to spectatorship. More information is available here.
Politics of Place is a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduate/graduate students that publishes research focusing on the relationship between culture and spatiality in literature. Submissions are currently being sought for an issue which speak to the theme of technology. To be considered for this issue, papers must be received by 31 January 2014, and you can read more details here.
Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Comitatus publishes articles by new scholars working in any field of the Middle Ages or Renaissance. Submissions for consideration in volume 45 are due 1 February 2014, and more details are available here.
CALLS FOR PAPERS
The Reading Early Modern Conference, to be held from 7-9 July 2014 at University of Reading, welcomes proposals for individual papers and panels on any aspect of early modern literature, history, art, music, and/or culture. Abstracts are due by 6 January 2014, and you can read more here.
The University of Murcia, Spain will host a symposium on ‘Romeo and Juliet in European Culture’ from 19-21 November 2014. The deadline to submit an abstract is 19 January 2014. You can read more details here.
An interdisciplinary symposium on material texts will be held at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 15-16 May 2014. ‘Composition: Making Meaning Through Design’ asks how design features (such as format, material, type font/ script, and imagery, to name but a few) can alter, enhance, or otherwise affect the transmission of meaning and shape a text’s use. Proposals are due by 15 January 2014, and you can read more about it here.
The University of Dayton in Ohio will be hosting a conference devoted to exploring the space and place that words create called ‘Interventions in English Studies: Finding Our Places’ on 29 March 2014. Submit a proposal by 5 January 2014, and see the full call here.
The University of Wisconsin’s Theatre and Drama Graduate Student Organization invites abstract submissions for its annual conference to be held in Madison from 28 February–1 March 2014. ‘Embodiment’ is this year’s topic, and abstracts are due by 31 December 2013. More details can be found here.
Also in Madison, the Undergraduate Society for English at the University of Wisconsin seeks submissions in literary criticism, creative writing, and digital projects on the theme of ‘Speaking Bodies’ from undergraduate students currently enrolled at a college or university for its second annual conference to be held on 29 March 2014. Read more here, and submit your abstract before 1 January 2014.
The eighth annual AEGIS (Association of English Graduate Instructors and Students) conference at Southern Illinois University invites paper proposals on interdisciplinary topics related to the theme ‘Trials, Transgressions, and Taboos’. This conference will take place on 29 March 2014 in Carbondale. Proposals are due by 20 December 2013, and the full call is available here.
A conference called ‘International Shakespeare: Translation, Adaptation, and Performance’ will take place on 8-9 March 2014 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Paper proposals are sue by 15 January 2014 and may address a number of topics: case studies of translation, production, imitation or reception of Shakespeare worldwide, as well as on the impact of these phenomena on the interpretation of Shakespeare’s texts. Read more about it here.
31 January 2014 is the deadline for proposals for a conference on ‘Pastoral Sounds’ to be hosted by the University of Poitiers, France from 13-15 November 2014. You can read the full details here.
The Ohio State University in Columbus is currently inviting proposals for a Graduate Theatre Symposium entitled ‘Position: The Power and Politics of Witnessing’ on 28 February and 1 March 2014. Proposals for traditional conference papers, workshops, performances and more interactive or experimental formats should be submitted by 6 January 2014.
The Free-Exchange Conference Committee is hosting an interdisciplinary graduate/postgraduate student conference on 7-9 March 2014 at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Critical and creative presentations are welcomed that explore the theme of ‘Remix’ as manifested in history, political science, economics, philosophy, psychology, art and literature, music, pop culture, and other disciplines. Presentations may be traditional seminar papers, though unconventional contributions that rethink the traditional notions of academic scholarship are encouraged. Contributions by musicians, artists, and dramatists are also invited for inclusion in both the conference and social events associated with the conference. Read more here, and don’t miss the 6 January 2014 deadline for abstracts and artists’ statements.
From 24-25 October 2014, a conference called ‘Ideas of Rulership: Kings and Queens in Elite and Popular Cultures’ will be hosted by the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies. Read the call here, and submit a proposal by 5 January 2014.
31 December 2013 is the deadline to submit an abstract for the second Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies hosted at Saint Louis University in Missouri. Proposals are invited for papers, sessions, and roundtables on all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. The Symposium will be held 16-18 June 2014, and you can find further information here.
Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, will be hosting a conference on the topic of ‘Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy’ from 11-13 July 2014. You can read more about the conference here. Abstracts are due 1 January 2014.
13 January 2014 is the deadline to apply for admission and grants-in-aid for a variety of spring programs offered by the Folger Shakespeare Institute: a symposium on ‘Jews, Christians, and Hebraic Scholarship in Early Modern Europe’ to be held on 17 March 2014; a faculty weekend seminar on ‘Rogues, Gypsies, and Outsiders: Early Modern People on the Margins’ from 22-23 May 2014; an NEH Collaborative Research Conference on ‘Shakespeare and the Problem of Biography’ from 3 – 5 April 2014.
From 25-27 June 2014, a conference called ‘Intellectual Hinterlands’ will take place at Victoria College, University of Toronto. Papers and panels are invited to address two general aspects of intellectual history: first, sessions built upon the success of cultural and intellectual contextualization, which stress the historical continuum of ideas which proceed the individual, ‘great’ thinkers around whom courses, publications, and the discipline has principally been built; and second, sessions which take aim at methodological problems, such as the place of ‘great thinkers’, ‘great books’, and ‘grand narratives’ in intellectual history, and, moreover, whether/how contemporary academics have addressed recent criticisms. Proposals are due before 10 January 2014, and you can find more details here.
The Society of Antiquaries of London will hold an interdisciplinary, scholarly symposium on the topic of ‘Emblems and Enigma: The Heraldic Imagination’ on 26 April 2014. 10 January 2014 is the deadline for proposals, and you can read more about the event here.
SIBMAS, the International Association of Libraries, Museums, Archives and Documentation Centres of the Performing Arts, is holding a conference entitled ‘Body, Mind, Artifact: Reimagining Collections’ from 10-13 June 2014 at John Jay College, City University of New York. Papers are invited on the following three major themes: Dance Preservation; Digital Humanities and the Performing Arts; or Artifacts and Ephemera. Read more details here, and submit an abstract by 31 December 2013.
10 January 2014 is the deadline to submit an abstract for a graduate/postgraduate student conference on the theme of ‘bonds’ to be held at Stony Brook University in New York on 1 March 2014. Read more details here.
17 January 2014 is the deadline to apply for short-term visiting fellowships at Houghton Library, the principal rare book and manuscript library of Harvard College. You can find more about what’s on offer here.
17 January 2014 is also the application deadline for research fellowships for the Bodleian Libraries Special Collections in Oxford. Full details can be read here.
The general deadline for short-term fellowships at the Newberry Library in Chicago is 15 January 2014. Read more about the available fellowships here.
The Herzog August Bibliothek in Germany awards 2-12 month fellowships to researchers in order to promote work in the areas of medieval and early modern cultural history centered on the library’s historic book and manuscript holdings. 31 January 2014 is the deadline for the main fellowship program, though there are a variety of others (with varying deadlines) available, as well. You can see more details here.
Recent PhDs should take note of the CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Data Curation for Early Modern Studies! Five fully-funded postdoctoral fellowships are available for early modernists with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation. The Folger Shakespeare Library, Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University Libraries, UCLA, and the University of Pennsylvania will each host one of these positions from 2014-2016. Read more here, and apply by 27 December 2013.
That’s all for this week’s Scrivener. As always, thanks for reading! Also, please consider making a donation to The Shakespeare Standard. Got a conference, a call for papers, or other scholarship news? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.